Filipino civil engineer in Saudi helps fulfill visions of co-engineers

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A result-driven multi-disciplinary professional, Saudi Arabia-based Supervision Consultant in Civil Engineering Jojo Ruiz Utram is one of the few Filipinos in the Kingdom who constructed the largest university for women in the world–Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women. 

Before starting an overseas life in the host country, Utram’s first journey as a Filipino migrant worker was as a general civil engineer at Downtown Construction WLL in the Kingdom of Bahrain between 2006 and 2008. Resign through the ranks, he was appointed as QS civil engineer cum land surveyor for various projects of the company and was later promoted to a project-in-charge for the improvement of villages and various road infrastructure projects. 

Currently, he is part of an Austria-based firm with major duties to supervise consultancy, site engineering, and management for civil and structural disciplines. 

A consistent achiever during his college years, he passed the civil engineering board exams in 1995. A year after passing the board exams for civil engineers, he hurdled the Junior Geodetic Engineering Board Exam and earned a remarkable rating of 91 percent garnering a 100 percent score in Mathematics. 

While in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Council of Engineers bestowed him the highest degree as a Consultant in Civil Engineering in 2015. Meanwhile, in the same year, the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations in Malaysia conferred him as an ASEAN engineer. Not later than two years, Utram was conferred as a Water Engineering Specialist by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers. 

“Mathematics is one of my favorite subjects and doing good and getting high grades in this subject made me more confident to push through my ambition in life to become a successful civil engineer someday,” he said. His good analytical and mathematical abilities are his edges in dealing with civil engineering problems and other complex difficulties. 

It is without a doubt that Utram is an honorable, respected, and hardworking member o the Filipino community in Riyadh. His invaluable contribution to the success and achievements of the Philippine Council of Engineers and Architects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in many capacities cannot be ignored. The organization has corroborated with the Saudi Council of Engineers that caused the advancement of about 30,000 Filipino engineers and architects. 

Utram is one of the few multi-disciplinary professionals who held the position as the chairman of the esteemed Philippine Professional Organization-Central Region of Saudi Arabia (PPO-CRSA) in 2015. While spearheading the organization, he brought in the basic learning of the quality management system within the organization for more organized and procedural collaborations among the council members of the organization. Around 1,700 out of 5,000 professionals have been benefitted in fulfilling their dreams of becoming licensed professionals in the central region from 2010 until 2019. 

He started his journey as a volunteer reviewer of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers in Riyadh for its civil engineering review program in preparation for the 2010 Special Professional Licensure Board Examination for Civil Engineers (SPLBE). He imparted lectures in Surveying, Mathematics, and Transportation Engineering for 10 consecutive years and still doing. The civil engineering review program of the chapter has been successful and produced about 70 licensed engineers and has garnered topnotchers since 2011. 

The civil engineer has been one of the instruments in fulfilling the great vision of the chapter to yield highly competent but caring civil engineers. 

The educator was also responsible for the chartering of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (GEP-KSA) Chapter and served twice as the president and founding vice president in 2014 and 2015. 

“Helping others and seeing them become successful licensed professionals and technicians, and inculcating with them the value of integrity and kindness, we encourage them to be volunteers and give lectures for the lesson they learned from SPLE review programs, for me, is the most satisfying and fulfilling accomplishment as a professional as well as a volunteer, the legacy for being a good steward of professionalism and volunteerism,” he said. 

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